Restaurants. Bars. Hotel lobbies. Offices. Commercial interior design spans multiple industries, functions, and design styles.
For commercial interior designers or property managers, your designs don’t just need to be beautiful, but also adhere to a multitude of standards. For example, there’s the American Disabilities Act (ADA), brand guidelines, signage, maintenance, and other considerations that other designers don’t have to factor in. With so many boxes that need to be ticked off, finding the right advice and inspiration for commercial spaces can be tough.
If you ever find yourself starving for inspiration for the design of your commercial spaces, look no further than these six commercial interior design blogs. Why did we select these blogs? Each blog shares great examples that leverage varying design styles and tricks of the trade that make it easier to get the job done. Plus, you can see what’s trending in hospitality and commercial design all from the same location.
1. Interiors By Steven G.
Steven G. is a high-end, luxury interior designer. As such, he has plenty of experience in designing commercial and hospitality spaces with a focus on contemporary, modern, and traditional design styles. His blog, Interiors by Steven G., is one of our favorites because he continually highlights past projects, including those that are hospitality properties.
In fact, you can find his past hospitality projects in his portfolio for easy browsing. One of our favorites was his work for Point South Tower (pictured below), which brought the outdoors in and utilized an area rug to help define the seating area of the lobby.
Image credit: Interiors by Steven G.
2. Office Interiors & Design
Color palettes. Art rendering. Ergonomics. The role of a commercial designer is varied. And few blogs cover each and every aspect of the job quite as well as the Office Interiors and Design blog. Just taking a look at their most recent posts, you can see tips on how to ensure you’re incorporating the right colors into your design, making renderings that communicate both the beauty and the function of a space, and more helpful tips that make this blog an amazing tool and resource.
Image credit: Office Interiors & Design
3. Elsy Studios
From stunning property makeovers to what’s trending in commercial and corporate interior design, the blog from Elsy Studios covers it all. Our favorite aspects of their blog is that every post includes helpful advice for other designers or property managers. For example, they explain that even if you’re designing a professional and polished hotel lobby, you can still throw in some unexpected elements to create exciting moments for both guests and staff.
Image credit: Elsy Studios
4. Brabbu: Design Forces
Similar to following a specific design style or aesthetic, commercial designers need to incorporate brand values and guidelines into their design as well. The Brabbu: Design Forces blog has great examples of commercial spaces that are unique, yet still fit the desired brand look or atmosphere. And the best part? They come from interior designers located all over the world.
For example, we loved their post highlighting the work design firm Big Red Rooster did on a Vietnamese sandwich shop pictured below. They left the classic sandwich shop booths and concrete floors to maintain the brand’s fast-casual vibe, but added wood rafters, colorful chairs, and a row of fresh greenery to bring a fresh flair.
Image credit: Brabbu Design Forces
5. Hospitality Design
While not technically a blog, Hospitality Design should be any hospitality designer’s first stop for news articles, examples, trends, new products, interviews with other designers, and more. It’s also a great place to see what’s changing in the hospitality industry as a whole.
For example, with big hotel chains creating smaller, boutique brands, hospitality designers will want to anticipate the change and hone the skills that allow them to create greatness in smaller spaces.
Image credit: Hospitality Design
6. Kaper Design
Need to design a restaurant or bar? Kaper Design is the ideal place to go for inspiration and ideas. We especially love their “Inspiring Us” page, which highlights the restaurant spaces that influence their own designs and why they love them. Just scroll through their first page and you’ll see images from coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and delis from all over the world to inspire you. One of our favorites was their post on The Potting Shed in Australia. From the beer tap handles to the ceiling to the decor, everything was made to look like, well, a potting shed.
Image credit: Kaper Design
Don’t Let the Well Run Dry
As designers, you can’t let your inspiration run dry. Follow the commercial interior design blogs above to ensure your creativity and design isn’t limited by brand guidelines, ADA rules, or anything else that crosses your path. Whether you need to design an office, banquet hall, music venue, or any other commercial space, the blogs on our list can help you out.
What’s trending in commercial design? Check out our must-watch hospitality interior design trends for 2019.